May 20, 2018

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake ~ #TheCakeSliceBakers

Life is too short not to eat cake for breakfast.

 The Cake Slice Bakers continue their baking journey through The Perfect Cake from America's Test Kitchen.  Each recipe has been fine-tuned to perfection and there are tips and tricks to guide you through the making of each cake. As America's Kitchen mentions, there's baking magic that goes into any cake, and their goal is to make sure that magic isn't an enigma. #atkcake

The perfect coffee cake is a combination of a moist butter cake and a streusel topping.  There are many variations for this amazing cake, but this recipe has lemon-flavored cake, a cream cheese center, and a sugar-lemon-almond topping. It is baked in a tube pan, which ensures that the cake is baked all the way through and you are not at risk of the cake being gooey in the center and dry on the edges.

As it is baked in a tube pan you need to make sure that you spray it thoroughly with baking spray so that you can remove it easily after baking, and make sure you let the cake cool completely before attempting removal.  I also find it easier to use a tube pan that has a loose base, which allows the cake be to removed without having the turn it upside down. Of course you still have the center piece and bottom to deal with, and I usually run a small paring knife around the center tube to release the cake, and then I slide two spatulas under either side of the cake, moving them to release the cake from the bottom, and then gently lift it onto a serving plate.

This cake has a delicate lemon taste and the streusel topping is the perfect compliment., especially with the crunch from the almonds.  I liked the cream cheese filling, but I did think that there was a little bit too much - or maybe I was a little too gentle when swirling it, so it wasn't distributed evenly.  It did make a very nice accompaniment to my cup of coffee.  I think I know what breakfast will be in the morning.

America's Test Kitchen has asked us not to publish the recipes for the cakes we bake, so to make it  you can find the recipe for this cake on page 297 of The Perfect Cake.

Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is The Perfect Cake from America's Test Kitchen #atkcake. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the thumbnail pictures below to take you to each of our cakes, or visit our blog where the links are updated each month. If you are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.

The choices this month were Cream Cheese Coffee Cake, Chocolate-Beet Cupcakes, Rainbow Cake, and Swiss Hazelnut Cake.


  1. I just want to grab a big hunk of that cake and have it with my coffee tomorrow morning!

  2. Your cake turned out lovely! I agree it’s perfect for breakfast!

  3. What a beautiful cake! It sounds delicious, too. Thanks for the tips on working with a tube pan. I find it difficult, but I've never used one with a removable bottom.


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